Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2879   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Lovely yellow hue infused with continuous (I mean it!) strings of little bubbles. With its fresh, sugar nose and immediate zing (it stings - hurts almost, but in a good way), and smooth, round palate, this is an excellent tripel! It's subtle yet full of joie de vivre!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Robv (52) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2015
Complex with a malty aroma. Flowery in the taste, hoppy and bitter in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krisu (1) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2015 does not count
Nice fruity aroma and smooth tasting, despite the rather high alcohol percentage. Keeps a good head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (191) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 28, 2015
Lovely refreshing ale with a fruity aroma and flavor variety. Notes straw, grass, sweetness and freshness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jannick13 (9) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
Poors cloudy blonde with generous head. Wonderfully well balanced tripel. Strong yet very subtle. One of my favorties.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Serapac (164) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle. Pale yellow, large, fizzy and rather quickly disappearing white head. Medium to strong carbonation and lacing . Floral aroma typical of many Belgians, especially triples. Medium body, taste very much on the sweet side, hoppy element missing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jice (139) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 26, 2015
à servir dans son grand verre tant la mousse est généreuse, aérienne et onctueuse. nez floral et sucre. notes d’agrumes, très douce, légère amertume. Une excellente bière. Une grande bière.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WonBall (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
An outstanding beer, great citrus and grassy nose, pours pure gold under a lovely head. Complex and fruity, with a hint of hop and a lot of herb and floral elements. Lasts a good long time. Nothing to complain about, this is a great beer. The one bottle I had in Amsterdam in July 2014 was not remarkably different from the several I have enjoyed at home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gde (5) - FRANCE - JAN 25, 2015 does not count
Note floral au nez. Pas mal de mousse. Le sucre de l’alcool se sent. Couleur dorée. Bouche symparhique plus floral que sucré.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schwarzbart (52) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Looks refreshing with a bright golden color. Smells of fruity yeast esters, citrus, vanilla and light spices. More of the same in the taste. Also, wheat, honey, oat sweetness, faint banana, apple and lemon. Light to medium body and finishes dry. A very nice Tripel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sundahlm (4) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015 does not count
Smels of a meadow lying next to an orchard of citrus fruit. Floral and citrus with a soft body of something banana’ish. Via tasting it has a slightly alcohol tasting feel in the end. Appearance is pale colored yellow with a hazy look. Foam is frothy and white and long lasting. Taste is a medium sweetness (less than expected from aroma) with a lightly bitter ending that stretches long. A medium body of sweetness and somewhat umami’ish. What I like to call a soft and broad feel on the toungue. Carbonation is soft although heavy with many small bubbles tickling all over. A nice beer for a warm summer night - less so for a cold winter with tapas in the dining room (as this was written). Quite complex taste and aroma, and a nice although notextraordinary palate.

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