Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2850   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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1529) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Beautiful nose that developed over time like a fine wine. Light amber appearance. Lingering sweetness that dominated other flavors. Liked the hint of spices and banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Large white head that really lasts!Fine laceing that wont quit.Big citrusey,lemony,candy nose,with some earthiness also.Medium bodied brew.Sweet up front with the fruityness and also some notes of pepper in the slick sweet finish.Nice brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Slightly hazy golden body w/a wispy white, long lasting head. Initial aroma of cloves, pepper, slight bubble gum, fruit(maybe juicy fruit gum), sweet maltiness, and even a little earthy and leathery; The yeastiness if fairly subdued. The head on this beer just does not want to go away! Malty version of a tripel w/ some green raisin flavors, cloves, a slight hop aftertaste, but balanced toward malt. Very highly carbonated for an explosive sensation in the mouth w/ a medium light body and smooth mouthfeel, not harsh or astringent; Alcohol is barely noticable, but slightly warming. Very fine beer w/ more complexity of aroma than flavor, but very well made and extremely drinkable in quantity so be careful with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2003
This one pours a deep golden color with a medium sized head that lingers. It has a wonderfully potent aroma of yeast, spice, pepper, peaches, and some mild hop character. Medium body with full carbonation, the flavor is wonderfully malty and full of spices and honey. The finish is sweet and lingers. Excellent! I highly recommend this fantastic tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
japet (38) - DENMARK - MAR 22, 2003
A fantastic good taste, a little bit sweet, but a very spicy aroma. Nice head and a good body. I like this beer !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Yummy, perhaps the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. Cloudy golden with massive head that looks like swiss cheese and never diminishes. Floral, spicy aroma, sweet and sour flavor with a smooth finish.

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