Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2772   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
flavor is amazing. raisins, fruit, peaches, tart cranberries. good sized creamy head. seemed fairly carbonated. aroma is just like the taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Best Before 1/1/2007 Ok, now that I have calmed down after my near beheading by the cork from this bottle I can tender my opinion. Clear sparkling golden light amber with a massive white densely foamy head that lasts forever. The aroma is amazing, pepper, coriander, fruit (peaches/necatrines), herbs, [continue adding adjectives here...]. Seriously there is that much going on. One of the best noses out there. The flavor is almost as good as the aroma, sweet lucious fruity peaches, definite yeastiness balancing the sweetness. Medium lively body with a fairly dry finish. Does not feel overcarbonated in the mouth which I feared after the cork episode. A damn fine tripel, up there with the Allagash. Definitely need to do a side-by-side with the Allagash and this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robbier (12) - noordwijkerhout, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2004
One of the finest tripels Iíve tasted so far, a complex taste with fruit, spices and bitterness. Golden color, white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madquacker (1043) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2004
My favourite Belgian beer (which is not saying that much). Corn and citrus smells. Golden colour. Gets better with each sip. A raspu underpinning finishing off with strog alcohol and then back to corn falvours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Solidly warming tripel, a bubbly golden color with a huge white head. Truly a stong citric aroma, lemon and grapefruit. Itís got a fizzed-up mouthfeel as it delivers sweet, spicy flavors. Strong alcohol presence. Good clean finish with a tangy feeling left in the mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Effervescent golden beer with a big white head. Aromas of Italian food being prepared...pretty sure itís the beer and not the house but it caught me off guard. Sweet and spicy with a smooth finish. Quite enjoyed this one - cheers Tim and Doug!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle, with cork popping upon opening cage. Very carbonated, crisp golden color very clear. Crisp citrusy aroma. Not too candy sweet, clean finish, doesnít have high abv taste. Overall good beer however, have had several better tripels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2609) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Got lemons? Well if you donít here is where you can get the hook up. A golden appearance with a ridiculously large head. A very carbonated beverage this is. Aroma is bananas and lemons. The flavor is very sweet with some lemons and peaches. A bit of a spicy finish. Pretty good just not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Cloudy, light golden color with a nice head. Aside from the extreme sweetness, I detected lemons, bananas, and apples. Very soapy mouthfeel that I did not enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Hazy yellow/gold color with a mid size white head. Sweet bread like aroma with hints of fruit and spices. Sweet, fruity flavors(apple and banana mostly) typical of many Belgian tripels. Not bad but a touch too sweet for me. I prefer a drier tripel.

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