Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3012   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
Phenomenal three grain beer...delicious, with a sweet fruity start that leads delicately into a potent, hoppy, slightly alcohol-flavored finish. Itís hard to stop drinking this beer. Have had it on tap at Gollem in Amsterdam and itís even better that way!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
On tap.Clear golden brew.Stick your nose in the glass,man.apple pie ,fruit sweetness.Hate to sound generic but it has the classic Belgian fruit flavors from the yeast they use but you canít complain.A little thin on the body but not a bad brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
Hazy golden colour with a quickly disappaiting head. Very decent classic tripel aroma. Nice fruity (banana?) flavour and a fine bubbly palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2004
poured a light copper with a white head. aroma citrus (lemon and gapefriut) yeast, apple. flavor wheat came out 1st, lemon,, hint of honey and apple a nice alcohol burn. a good beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Golden straw color with creamy head. Aromas of clove adn banana. Very sweet sharp belgian flaovrs. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall as a tripel just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trigeek (9) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2004 does not count
Pours a clean hazy pale yellow with a thin head. Sweet apple aromas that are suprisingly light. You can taste the wheat in the beer, the body is light but the flavor is big. Mostly sweet, almost like cotton candy but with a lot of fruit in the background

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Great tripel!!! Served in its own glass at Maproom, Chicago. Golden and light and scary easy drinkability to this one. Sweet taste and medium mouthfeel, with a nice dry finish to balance the sweet taste. Had many of these and crawled home. One note, this is a much better beer on tap than from the bottle where it can be a little too yeasty, unless you prefer this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilsis (4) - USA - SEP 7, 2004 does not count
Sour smell, like a sour lemon, and Iím not wild about it. Pumkin orange and opaque. Pours with a foamy head that settles to a medium layer. Effervescent and active in the mouth. Flavor of spiced oranges. Pleasant finish. I enjoy it more as it opens up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2004
MId gold to light orange, slightly cloudy with a white head that lasts well. Musty/lemony aroma. Musty flavour with a notable alcohol kick and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2004
33cl bottle tasted alonside Hoegaarden Grand Cru - I found them very similar, but this is just slightly better IMHO. Head bigger and longer lasting than the Grand Cru, similar light orange hazy appearance. Honey, vanilla, pepper and hop flower aroma, full bodied with long hoppy finish.

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