Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2709   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3717) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
Bottle, from The Offie, Leicester. Sweet, Wit beerish, floral aroma. Ruddy/golden colour. Slim, white head, which lingers with good lacing. Lemony taste, crisp, light. Only a hint of the ABV, in the aftertaste, with a small, hoppy hurdle, and a little bit of peach. Delicious, and more like a quality Wit beer than a Tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2004
While I truly appreciate what American's are doing with beer, reaching for a Belgian like this still makes me the happiest. Cornucopia of fruit - peaches, apples, bananas, pears... Floral, but ever so lightly. Clove and pepper spiciness. Honey kissed - just like the color. Sweetness comes like it's from naturally ripened fruit. Very light and airy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Clear peach color with a frothy white head. Strong clove aroma with a hint of pepper. Very sweet clove flavor, with caramel and a peppery bite to it. Very tingly feel, slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Pure, clear, deep golden color with a large, frothy white head. The aroma was full of clove, bubblegum, sugar, pepper, and other spices. The flavor was very sweet, very spicy with a strong coriander aftertaste. The feel was rather bubbly, slightly thick with a medium dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Nice amber color,medium sized white head that lasted for a decent amount of time then faded to a small lace.The aroma was citrusy and floral with maybe a spicy note to it.The flavor was fantastic,nicely fruity with a decent malt side light caramel and spicy with some sweet and light sour notes coming on as the brew warms.The finish is and fruity.Very nice brew with that manages to stya fairly well balanced and flavorful with the alcohol being there but not in a over powering amount.Well worth trying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2004 creamy, mellow, fantastic sweetness, pleasantly soft "jump" of leathery, uhm. exotic spice, and sour berry buried within bitterness. i obviously need to drown my nose and tongue in this to figure it all out. UPDATE 8/31/04: again, i need to try it again. so soft and delicious. lively spiced mouthful of cremey bittersweetness. honey citrus pie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Small white head that leaves excellent lacework all the way down the glass. Complex spice and fruit aromas. Sweet caramel maltiness with complex spice undertones, warming from the alcohol, a fantastic beer that i highly recommend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (506) - Tuscany, ITALY - DEC 22, 2003
White weak small head. Deep golden slightly cloudy color. Aroma is fruity (apricots) with a few orange and spicy notes. Flavor is initially moderately sweet with coriander tones, turning in a strong fruity taste preparing a sweet finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2005 (Bottle) Pours a hazy maze color with a impressive thick white head, which had great staying power. Has flavors of citrus, carmel, and floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Wow this started off with a banh, the cork shot off before I could even get the wire hood off. Slight foam in the neck of bottle. Poured slightly cloudy, due to carbonation pop and settled with a nice white dense head. Aroma was yeasty and phenolic with hints of citrus, must and apricots. The taste is sweet/vinous that leads to caramel notes and aromatic malts. Spicy at first, but seems to meld into a more bready and floral flavor. Great beer with pasta (I had some Pasta a la Carabonara and it went nicely!!) I would buy again...

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