Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2628   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Crystal clear, golden ale with a big, long lasting head. ARomas of fruit, candy sugar and malt, with some mustiness. Comes across spicy and highly carbonated, but with a strong fruity-sweet backbone. Finishes hoppy and sweet. Carbonation is a bit too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Brilliant appearance - initially appeared quite fizzy but settled down to a clear gold with amazing head and lacing. Aroma was a bit milder than I remember but full of fruits and spices. Flavour quite orange juice-sweet but in a brilliant way, cut by the spicy flavours and alcohol. Reminiscent of a wit in a lot of ways, and completely lacking hop character without missing anything. Carbonation perhaps slightly too high for my liking but the slight fizz really works with the flavours. Great stuff. (4.5)
Re-rate: Had this in Belgium and I just canít keep it at such a high rating. Itís still very good, but the slight soapy edge and lack of a really good aroma mean it has to move down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (3921) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2003
The warmer this beer became, the better it tasted in my opinion. It poured a large sized white frothy, creamy head that contained fine sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was cloudy with lively carbonation and a golden hue. The nose was fruity, spicy, coriander and some clove. The flavor was fruity, sweet, some spiceness and smooth. The mouthfeel was a little tingly, smooth and bubbly with a thin texture. It was light bodied with good lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 30, 2003
This brew poured a large head of foamy finely sized long lasting slowly diminishing bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent straw yellow colored body behind. The aroma is mild but full of fruity tones like coriander apricot and oranges. The mouthfeel is smooth yet bubbly with a nice diminishing finish. The flavor is also smooth with notes of flowers fruit and mild spices. An interesting mixture to say the least. Not as great as the reviews led me to anticipate, but still a fine interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2003
What's a Witbier doing in this bottle? Coriander and citrus (perhaps a hint of orange or lemon) dominate the aroma. Hazy orange body topped by a thin off-white head. Rich, powerful flavor: orange, coriander, a touch of sweet caramel, and alcohol notes. I understand the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Huge fluffy white head that sticks around. Aroma of dough, mild citrus and spice. It has an unbelievable creamy mouthfeel. Many of the standard belgian flavors and a mild sweet caramel malt flavor which makes for a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Pours a light slightly hazy orange-gold. Huge white head. Apple and coriander notes in the nose, sweet on the tongue, very minimal hop bite at the end. Fantastic velvet mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2003
An excellent tripel. Slightly hazy gold color, large white head. Citrusy and spicy. Very smooth, dry finish. Much better than the Kwak that this brewery makes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Huge head of fine bubbles. Massive carbonation that keeps a fine head throughout the drink of dense creamy foam. Does not appear to be bottle conditioned with no sediment present. Medium gold in color. Aroma of spices, wheat and a little lemon. Flavor is very crisp, clean and delicious. More wheat, spices, lemon and a hint of alcohol. Very refreshing also. Finish is smooth and well balanced with a slight alcohol warming. One of the best triples I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6199) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2003
Fine orange color, big head. Citrus-notes in aroma, some sourness. Malt in the flavor, orange too. Some oak???

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