Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2904   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2119) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 10, 2005
Dense and adherent foam, long persistence and a lot plenty. Decided, and strongly warm taste. Much yielded and complex. Extremely fizz and prickly. Harmonious and full bodied. Long finish with notes of wine cellar and honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2005
Hazy orange glow for color, with a booming 2" head that’s creamy and foamy. Some sediment in glass. Wonderful Belgian lace on the glass as the head begins to fade. Aroma is predominantly pepper, cloves, wheat and sugar. Some sourdough characteristics contribute to its mild, pleasing and floral rose smell. Flavor is pepper, coriander and clove phenols, paired with a sugary yeast complexion. Citrus-orange, sweet and spicy.

Traces of lemon grass surface as it warms more. Aroma also takes on a more lemony smell with amplified scents of alcohol as it warms. Effervescent; solid body composure. Alcohol is evident and warming, but isn’t distracting or overpowering. Moderately carbonated, substantial weight, due in large part to the great chewy malt presence. Finish is mildly sweet and spicy with a smooth hint of bitterness. All in all, a non-aggressive, pleasing tripel that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy it in some capacity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 6, 2005
A light, "clean"-smelling beer. The head is as smooth and flavorful as the beer - I’d rather drink just the head of this then most beers. Apple and zest. This is light yet powerful. It seems simple but only at first...truly great. The fruit flavoring even gets better as the beer warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
This beer poured a pale yellow color w/ thin head and lacing. The aroma and flavor were full of soury fermented light fruit, citrus, flowers, and a hint of honey sweetness. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
2003 or 2004 bottle at Downtown Liquors Trippel Tasting 3/24/05. Vibrant orange-golden color, good amount of haziness and a fairly well retained off-white head. Aroma of apricot-skin, light peach esters, a bit of vanilla and some good malt and/or candi sugar. Flavor is full and round, with plenty of fruit notes but also a bit of light sourness from the wheat. A good, even, lightly creamy body, which can probably be attributed, in part, to the oats. Light bubble gum, bananas, vanilla and more ripe, lightly tart fruitiness from the yeast. Good in all aspects, with a medium to medium-full body, pleasant, low carbonation and a great balance, tending towards the malty side. Doughy chewiness can be found as it breathes and warms. A touch of alcohol warmth, like peaches soaked in brandy and cointreau, adds a nice punch to the finish and give further character. Highly enjoyable for me, love to have more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 From a bottle in a large wine glass. My first ever Tripel, so I may come back and revisit this one. Golden yellow with a slight haze. Small white head which dimished, although the glassware was less than perfect. Fruity aroma with apple dominating, almost cider like. Flavour is sweet and fruity at first with some alcohol kicking in with the reasonably sharp carbonation, and a slightly bitter spicy finish - all very well balanced and smooth. Long pleasant after taste. Is this a beer? Almost like a dry cider with hops added.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 From A Bottle.Golden yellow in colour with a lasting medium head,aroma is of bonfire smoke and lemon, taste is of herbs,spices alcohol and citrus,with a dry lemon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Drank at cellar temperature. A fuming growth of bubbly white head over a lucious golden amber tan pour. Head diminishes somewhat. Super Sticky thick lacing. Apple and yeast dominate aroma, but fig, pear and seared foie gras bring up the background. Astonishing on the tounge! Tangy caramel with sweet raisins, brandy, and subtle yeast. A little bit of that cheerio flavor. Alcohol appears but only as a warm glow. Palate is sweet, smooth and fulfilling, with a light chewiness. Like nothing I’ve had recently...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WhiteStar (37) - Swindon, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
This is kind of rich and delectable. Very Belgian. Warming as the strength goes down the throat, but not heavy or aggressive. I like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1954) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2005
I have had this before, but never rated it. The pour is a nice clean orange with a lot of bubbles and a HUGE rocky white head. As soon as I pulled the cage of this bottle the cork slammed off the ceiling. Fruity and spicy aroma. A little peppery. Very smooth mouthfeel. The head remains huge throughout.

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