Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2709   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (375) - Kobe, - JAN 31, 2013
Aroma: Floral, yeast, bread, citrus, lemon peel, notes of candy sugar and coriander-like spice. Flavor: Yeast, bread, caramel, followed by lemon, more bread and dried flowers (chamomile) on the mid-palate. These flavors carry on into the finish and the yeasty quality reappears. Palate: Soft and smooth; the carbonation seems, paradoxically, to explode on the tongue, adding a unique dimension the palate. Comment: Great complexity. Of the few 1000 or so beers I’ve tried, this is my new favorite. Very few can top this. Tasted on 2 different days with consistent notes. When allowed to warm a bit, pear-like fruit comes through on the mid-palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
martin00sr (500) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
Hazy, pale yellow. Huge, frothy, white head. Sparkling carb. Fruity aroma, citrus and banana. Flavour is sweet, coriander and clove. Finish has alcohol and citrus and is quite dry. Creamy yet light mouthfeel. Very, very nice. This is my 500th rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (83) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle with Kate. Clear golden-yellow with a large frothy white head. Aroma is estery with lemon, banana, and notes of wheat and clove. Flavour is light malt, lemon, wheat, yeast. Lively carbonation, dry. Only moderately sweet. Refreshing and complex; a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNL (205) - - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle. Clear light Golden, frothy White head. Sweet Nose, heavy sweet taste, with a long finish. Notes of wheat. Heavy body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joskevermeulen (15) - liedekerke, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2014
Een modern, gekruid, fruitig bier. Zeer zacht en vlot drinkbaar. Mooie schuimkraag. Het smaakt zoet met een meer bittere afdronk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomD (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
From bottle. Aromas of vanilla and citrus. Pours a hazy pale with white head. The first taste was was quite sweet, but after a few sips it seemed more of a medium sweet. Medium body, somewhat creamy texture, quite lively carbonation, a dry finish. Overall a nice beer, but could the carbonation could be toned down somewhat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (682) - NORWAY - JUL 15, 2014
From tap. Very pale and clear straw colour. Bright head and lacing. Not much aroma. Very sugary sweet taste, with banana and coriander. Round and sweet mouthfeel. Sugary sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyScallywag (62) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Very bubbly. kind of sweet but settles quickly. Again, very bubbly....champagne bubbly. I may get out again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schnabelhund (57) - - JUL 13, 2014
Tripel Karmeliet pours golden with a haze from the yeasts, the white head is of medium-long lifetime and leaves beautiful lacing behind. The nose is massive, with notes of white pepper, citrus zests, strong milk tea, and muted yet recognizable note of vanilla interfering. The nose is phenomenal. The flavor starts off by displaying a generous amount of fruitiness and vinous characteristics, followed by caramel, creaminess, and aromatics of Earl Grey tea - as well as its astringency - on the mid-palate, whereupon the finish opens with spicy pepper and makes the transition into muscat, warming alcohol, and gentle hop bitterness. While complex, the flavor transition and mouthfeel are incredibly smooth and display all the subtleties one can reasonably ask for. What a delightful brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oops (202) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 12, 2014
Pours hazy golden yellow with a big white head. Aroma - malts, yeast, flowers and some citrus. Sweet taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (315) - Udine, ITALY - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Slightly hazy, deep golden body with a huge, creamy, white head, fully lasting with nice lacing; high density of tiny bubbles. Moderate malty (grains) and hoppy (orange) aroma, with heavy notes of spices (coriander) and notes of peach and yeast. Moderate-to-heavy sweet flavour with light-to-moderate bitter character in the finish. Medium body with oily texture; moderate carbonation; moderate-to-heavy alcoholic warming in the finish.

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