Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2626   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
Yeast, lemon aroma. Golden amber, medium sized with large bubbled white head, some lace. Zesty yeast, and musty pears flavours. Full bodied, almost a sour drying finish, good tongue tingle. Quite an offerring!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
5/16/03: bottle.
nice sunny orange body with a full amount of head and some lacing. sweet honey belgian aroma. plenty of activity--carbonation. hints of lemon with lots of belgian flavor (malt and hops). hops are a bit stinky. typically, iím not a fan of this style, but i kinda liked this one. (am i finally coming around)?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Initial pour of 3 inches resulted in all foam. After letting it rest I was able to get the rest of the beer in the glass and was it worth the wait. A slightly hazy honey color with lively carbonation and a large uneven creamy white head. Sweet ripe dried apple/pear aroma with malt, vanilla, honey, and hints of bananna and toffee. The head is incredibly lasting in its fullness, much like a drink with whipped cream you cant help but get some on your upper lip, it does make it difficult to taste the beer itself but enhances the overall effect of drinking the beer. Taste is slightly sweet fruit, hints of spices and oak with an acidity cutting the sweetness some. A honey dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 This was consumed with ice cream blended with the beer and apricots. I donít think it was a good mix as this is a lively beer that is more suited as a palate cleanser. A light aroma with a vigourous light yeastiness. In context it started and maintained an acidic finish. Too fizzy for the meal. Still a good beer in the right setting. RE-RATE: and about time too. Sincethis early rate I have had this beer a number of times and question what I was thinking when I gave this such low marks. A delightful beer that satisfies in any season of the year. Silly me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Light orange-cloudy color - very fruity and yeasty. and I mean yeasty! Fairly smooth - alcohol is masked behind all the citrus flavor. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2003
Fruity, yeasty aroma, some honey, pear, melon, just a hint of must. Golden in color with a very thick, creamy, long-lasting head with massive lacing to match. Flavor is sweetly malty, lots of tangy fruitiness including some apple and faint pineapple. Finishes sweet, honeyed, slightly citric, yeasty and with some acidity. Very effervescent palate, but maintaining a pleasant mouthfeel. Easy drinking Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2003
nice frothy head with a light sweet fruity aroma. Clear light golden body. Citrusy flavor with abundant spiciness. Subdued but evident. A great refreshing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2003
Normally i'm not a big fan of tripels. However, this one kicked some ass. Huge frothy white head. Aroma of orange, lemon, and other citrusy fruits. Sweet , smooth delicious flavor with some spiciness in the finish. Wish i could get more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Golden straw color. Nice white head. Taste was sweet and extremelly smooth with perfect carbonation. Finish was dry and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - APR 3, 2003
[75 cl. bottle] Orange colour, cloudy appereance, HUGE head, really lasting. The aroma is fruity (citrus and apricots) and yeasty. Smooth flavour, fruity (peach, apple and apricot), quite sour and yeasty. The finish is spicy (pepper) and sweet, with a good oatmeal taste that lasts in the mouth. One of the best Tripel beers.

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