Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2700   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Pours with a four-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Clear golden amber color. Light-medium bodied. Nose is malty. A different triple - starts flowery sweet; finishes smooth and sweet. $12.50 for a 4-pak of 330's.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Clear, rich deeper yellow in color. Nice dense off white head. The flavor is more on the sweet side, but also malty. Sweet greater than malty. If you are in the mood for a smooth sweeter tripel this is the brew for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 Nice clear yellow with a huge rocky head. Aroma of dried peaches and apricot. Flavor is malty with peach, apricot and hints of vanilla.A little alcohol warmth follows. This reminds me a bit of the Adnams brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Very enjoyable beer. Golden copper in color with a nice medium white head. Yeasty.Peppery. Fruity nose. Really good. Medium body. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2004
This is a fantastic beer, and very enjoyable. Nice golden Copper color with medium white head, great lacing. Slight sweet fruity nose. Tastes of ripe fruits, and spice with medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2004
750 mL bottle, snifter. White bread, toasted grain malt (L); earthy, spicey hops (M); doughy yeast (L). Very lager-ish aroma. Body is a medium gold and is crowned by the most magnificent creamy, white, lasting head I've ever seen. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Not nearly as complex or Belgiany as I was expecting. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: aesthetically pleasing, but the aroma and flavor didn't meet my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2004
look at that cool big bottle in the picture! i've only seen it in small bottles, but i'm sure the taste is just as good or better. i remember reading it's a combo of 3 or 4 grains. beautiful golden color with huge white foam. little spice taste with medium mouthfeel. very drinkable and elegant, a nice alternative to more expensive belgian goldens like duvel or even the stuff from unibroue. (all of which i think are equally good).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 Amazing Belgian Ale, not much I can say that hasn't been said already. Sweet malty flavour but missing some complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2004
Pours true gold with a fizzy head and streaky lace. Has a deliciously rich and estery aroma with notes of sweet malt, alcohol and spices. The body is sweet but its weakness hides the alcohol content. I was a little disappointed with the lack of complexity, but it's a very pleasant drink nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
5cl Green bottle, poured into a Orval glass. Pours a light golden color with a really creamy white head that leaves patchy lacing down the glass. Smells primarily of banana esters with a hint of cloves. Tastes a bit watered down, to be honest. Good flavor but rather weak and a little astringent. Cloves are the primary flavor. It's complex, though, with fruit esters. Good but not great. Mouthfeel is, again, a little too watery for my likes. Drinkability is good as there's nothing objectionable at all. A good tripel, but not great.

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