Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2873   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2005
a sim rate: This one’s an old favourite. The pour is spectacular (highlighted by the glass, of course) and although the head dissapates quickly, it makes for an impressive display! The taste is quite beery but with yeasty, oaty, hopsy, all sorts of this-is-hella-good-for-you flavours... like some sort of healthy breakfast cereal. Nice and tart in the finish. Absolutely lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2005
Bottle. Golden with a firm lasting head. Explosive aromas of white bread, hops, candied oranges and lots of estery notes from the yeast. On the palate the beer is very smooth. Sweet but with very good balance from the bittering hops. Flavour is very fruity. Super tripel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled. Honey colored, cloudy (opaque), white head that lasts fully and leaves behind a "wall" of lace, eventually thinning out into wonderful lacework. In the final glass from the bottle there are a ton of floating objects, both visible and impossible to ignore as you sip in thunk thunk thunk, like pieces of fruit in your smoothie or shake through a straw (if not so severely). Body is medium and creamy with tons of soft, foamy and a dry finish. Aroma of cellar and barn filled with a spiciness from which I can only discern clove for certain. A scent of sugar and fruit. Unfortunately there is a metallic scent in here as well...how it got into a corked bottle I’ve no idea. Flavor is sugary sweet and fruity, pear, apple, and others. Some lightly sour musk, like cellar and dough, but mostly earthy. Bitter sweet finish, sugar and spice! Wood, clove, touch of citrus and an aftertaste dominated by sasafras, licorice and sugar. Noticable alcoholic warmth, but pleasant and definitely quenching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2005
Pours cloudy deep yellow. White head with some lacing. Perfume nose, fruity sweet flavour with notes of pear, melon and glue. Thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1947) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2005
A nice golden color, light but not pale. The white head is tall but not frothy. A very standard sour and fruity Belgian aroma. Very smooth, fruity and refreshing. The alcohol is masked well, though you will feel it as you consume. A little spice and a tad bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4568) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2005
This was a very smooth Tripel. Hazy golden in color. Very complex and full of flavor. Sweat fruit and a hint of carmel. The aroma was a little weak, but still nice. I could drink many of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2005
Yellow-light brown, rather cloudy beer with a great long lasting white head. The head is easily regenerated by giving it a good swirl. Best enjoyed from a round goblet style glass at about 10ºC. Medium-high bitterness well balanced by residual sweetness in the beer. Medium hop flavor and aroma with pronounced citrus notes and fruitiness. Nice body and malt flavor from the 3 grains, barley, wheat and oats. Slightly doughy finish. Excellent example of the great Belgian ales

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2005
In the stunningly attractive green painted label 750 ml bottle. The pour is a ripe pear golden color with such an explosive white head that the glass was filled instantly with foam. Aroma is such a pronounced lemony citrus sweetness that nothing else is readily discernable. Good golly it’s a smooth drink. I could gulp a whole bathtub of this without thinking about it! I’ve grown so accustomed to drinking the 10-12 % abv Triples that I had no idea that a lower-test potion like this could be so delightful. I’m lovin’ it, although I do miss the ethanol punch of the stronger triples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25079) - Lyserødovre, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Amber-golden, hazy beer with a nice, frothy head. Very soft mouthfeel. Dominated by the malts (this is a 3-grain beer). Some spiciness and citrusy notes with only a faint, late bitterness. Rather complex and indeed very interesting. 250697

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2005
Large soft frothy white head on top of a clear light golden body. Spicey lemon aroma. Smooth medium mouthfeel, not real complex but several flavours there, oily, lemons, oats, a hint of peach, sweet malt and a touch of warming alcohol at the end.

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