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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grefwen (7) - Jämjö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2004 does not count
The glass it is usually served in costs more than the beer itself. This makes for a good overall impression. The beer has a golden color and strong fruitflavor. An aquired taste perhaps, but this is the best I've tasted yet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Yellow orange color with a large fizzy head. Spicy aroma with candi sugar, mustiness and a hint of lemons. Rich flavor that reminds me of dark bread. Full bodied, and ends dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3303) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2004
bottle-12/27/03 RB three floyds gathering. spicy/candy aroma-lots of sweetness. Orange/apple palate flavors. very pale yellow for a tripel, but the flavor makes up for it. this is the perfect beer to detect coriander in the aroma-textbook example!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
One of my favorites. I love the floral nose and the sweet flavor. Could be the moswt drinkable 8% beer in the world

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2580) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Bright golden. Full fluffy head, rocky. Full lemony aroma. Tart and refreshing. Coriander flavors, plus candy sweet and unlike most other tripels in its focused and full sweetness. Near cloying, but earthy and barnyardy provide some contrast to balance. Berries come through later? The more I drink, the more I get from this and the better I like it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3985) - 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.

4.4
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

4
   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.


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