Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2984   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
On tap served in a Karmeliet tulip at Lucia's in uptown mpls. Aroma of banana and spices. Taste is of banana, wheat and cloves. A very refreshing and surprisingly light (given abv) beer that is a great match with our 70s spring weather. Not as full bodied or spicy as other tripels like Allagash or golden monkey, but solid nonethelss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
Honey gold and cloudy, a thick head. Clovey with sweet bakery yeast in the nose. The taste is fruity and spicy (again cloves), and results from the three-grain wort and live yeast. As you empty the glass, you should note the origins of the term "Brusels lace".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
Deep golden/light amber color... off-white head, very clear... yeasty, phenolic, bubblegum... outstanding tripel, one of the best in my opinion... slightly sweet, excellent balance, smooth finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
Beautiful deep golden color bordering orange. Nice light head full of tiny bubbles. Slight fruity aroma. Flavor is rich malty and slightly buttery like a nutter butter cookie. Clean crisp finish covers the alcohol nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
Pours a golden hue with a nice sized head with decent lacing. Nothing special for a triple. Surprisingly easy to drink with not many flavors coming through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1427) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 7, 2004
Keep finding beers that I've had a not rated - cool and annoying at he same time. This has to be one of the best deals around. Slight slant to the sweet side, but so well crafted and with so much flavor that it's no complaint really. Another that is almost too easy for me to drink. Lovely glass as well. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
On the pour:deceivingly plain,pastel plum and cloudy.the head looks real good,small compact white bubbles that cling to the side of the glass,this goes way beyond lacing,sweet fruity/yeasty nose. On taste:outstanding,spicy start,cloves Cinnamon,and sugar,then vanilla and rotten banana's,onto sweet brandy and orange..I could go on but I think i will just kick back and enjoy it from here,you get the idea...Its good! body is great,thick,full and coats the pallet on first sip,sweet on swallow and fades into rock candy in seconds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Re-rate My second pass was an entire 750 in one seating. It was fantastic cold, and held up wonderfully at room temp. Yeasty, doughy and fruity. The carbonation and lacing were astounding, all without leaving a fizzy mouthfeel. Highly recommended.<P> 330 ml bottle, St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. Sure, Westmalle is the original, but this will be the Tripel by which all others will be judged in my world. Side by side with an Orval, Kasteel (not triples, but highly rated blondes, this was the favorite of all 3 partakers. The appearance and aroma was (strangely) like a great weiss-bier (cloudy, dough-like), but with the floral aroma, and substantial lacing head expected in a beer of this style. Blonde Belgians just don't taste better and finish bettter than this. Lacked the over spiciness of Chimay and the over-dryness of Westmalle and Unibroue (La Fin DuMonde).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Well, this one caught me off gaurd, as after I took the cap and wire off, I set it down, and withing a minute, the cork shot out of it. Fortunately it didn't spill over very much head. As for the beer itself, nice glassy golden color with a thicker continuous head. Aroma is a little bit spicy, close to clove scent, and some fruit notes, like oranges. Mouthfeel is definite and crisp, but doesnt overpower the flavor withs its bitterness. FLavor leaves a slight grassy feel on the tongue after its gone down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Beautful painted bottle. Pours a hazy honey colored brew with a big persistent head. Fruity, flowery, spicy bouqet. Flavor equally complex with lots of fruit and not much malt sweetness. Dry and kind of tart.

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