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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3024   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - OCT 2, 2012
33cl bottle. Served in a trappist glass. Can’t believe I haven’t rated this one yet - probably my 15th bottle or so. Appearance: Cloudy orange, high carbonation, huge, pillowy snow-like head. Very inviting. Aroma: This is my favourite beer to smell. It’s always slightly different. Strong notes of bubblegum, vanilla, banana, orange, cloves. Overall very sweet, fairly fruity, and someone spicy. Palate: medium-thick bodied, smooth, tiny hint of a dry finish (unlike most other tripels). Taste: Sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma suggests it should be. It’s rich, but not overwhelmingly so like a barley wine. Slight hints of dry bitterness in the finish, but it’s very subtle. I feel there is no way they could actually improve this beer.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartzluke (322) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 25, 2015
33cl pour from chilled bottle into stemmed beer tulip at Verde 1080 in Vienna. Pours golden and hazy with a big fizzy head with pretty good retention. Nose is sweet--candy sugar, a bit of biscuit, a nice light malty scent. Body is medium, fizzy. Not bad. Taste is great. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly. Delicious breadiness, with a hint of citrus and a whisper of bitterness on the end. Layers of maltiness and breadiness. Delicious. Better as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrone (4) - BRAZIL - JUL 23, 2015 does not count
Clara e levemente turva. Aroma agradável, frutado. não é muito doce, balanceia bem com o amargor do lupulo. Final quente, mas não tanta sensação de álcool

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (4905) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear golden colour with average to huge, frothy, collapsing, crystalline white head. Cautious banana and vanilla aroma, hints of banana peel, unripe banana, a touch of apple purée, a strange bitter note of liquorice and bamboo. Taste is moderately sweet, wheaty, slightly alcoholic, hints of banana, a touch of vanilla. Nothing I’d be addicted to.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanoBXL (4) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2015 does not count
Une des meilleures bière belge qui vous est donné de pouvoir goûter. Très mousseuse. Pointe d’acidité (citron) et épicée. Un vrai régal pour le palais.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thellgren (455) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2015
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Reminds me Schneider’s hefeweizens - taste and looks. Also Finnish sahti looks and tastes similar. This is neither. The yeast gives more complex taste and there is more malts. Despite the high amount of alcohol this is very easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hikeg (39) - - JUL 20, 2015
Pours unclear light golden with big fizzy white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty with notes of bread and hay. Light hoppy aroma with notes of grass and citrus. Heavy yeast aroma with notes of dough, earth and hint of leather. Notes of cilantro, ginger, vanilla and licorice. Flavour is heavy initial sweetness, light bitter, long dry finish with average to heavy, spicy wooden bitter. Body is medium, palate is watery, carbonation is fizzy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PiwnyMarek (459) - Łomża, POLAND - JUL 19, 2015
Bardzo fajne piwo. Mocne, wytrawne, z badzo rześkim aromatem i owocowym smakiem (jabłka, cytrusy). Polecam!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (461) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2015
Liquide jaune clair légèrement voilé, épais col de mousse poreux qui baisse rapidement. Aucune dentelle. Arôme de citron et d’orange, un peu de poivre et coriandre, le tout sur un fond de clou de girofle. En bouche, goût d’orange léger et citronné. Sucre résiduel juste assez présent. Une finale fruitée où la coriandre et du pain se démarquent. Le clou de girofle titille le palais. Pas très complexe mais efficace. Texture légère, bonne rondeur par le sucre résiduel, légèrement fruitée, taux d’alcool imperceptible.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Randy4Beer (360) - - JUL 10, 2015
Light golden colour, with an extremely volatile white head. Aromas of wheat beers, with some fruits, and a touch of floral accompaniment. On the tongue there is light honey, wheat, flowers, some candy, and a moderately bitter finish. Overall, given what I have read about this beer, I was definitely expecting more, but it is nonetheless a decent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sccp1910 (61) - BRAZIL - JUL 10, 2015
Cerveja de coloração turva e dourada. Sabor marcante com amargor na medida certa. Aroma discreto e paladar agradável.


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