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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OFlan (14) - USA - JUN 19, 2008
Tripel Karmeliet Tarwe, Gerst, Haver Appearance: Golden yellow, clear, big fluffy head LOTS of bubbles Aroma: Sour apple, bright fruity yeast Flavor: Bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue, a fruity sour... doesnt seem a bacteria sour though, definitely esters from high fermentation temps. A solid bitterness, very sharp and clear. Mouthfeel: Extremely carbed: per style, crisp and dry. Overall: An excellent example of the classic belgian pilsner. Very strong in flavor and evolves well as it warms.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2008
75cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa, FL). Pours a golden yellow with one-finger white, foamy head. Reasonable head retention. Aroma is sweet, syrupy, candy sugar, yeast, and malt. An interesting grain aroma is present as well. Flavor is candy sugar, grain, syrup, and a slight spiciness at times. Very carbonated. One of the best tripel style ales we have experienced.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joakgust (1400) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2008
75 cl bottle - Golden amber color with a nice thick and large head. Aroma is very typical that of belgian triples. Lots of fruits and sweet orange marmelade. The beers maltiness dominates the flavor blended nicely with the belgian yeast created sourness and spiceness. More complexness would have pushed it up to my top 3. A beautiful beer all in all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
babil (3) - , SPAIN - JUN 10, 2008 does not count
Pours apple golden yellow with a foaming white head. Creamy texture. Complex nose with fruits like banana, apple and peach. Sweet palate, like caramel. An excellent beer. Visited Bosteels Browerij on 07 summer and must say everyone should get there and enjoy a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet and a Deus as we did with the Bosteels family while having a great conversation about beer, wine and food. Fantastic time with great people; Belgian hospitality. Thank you

1.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Really? This beer is just terrible. It tastes like a bag of dead feet. Some bread that tastes like dry, rotten sour-dough and some raw-egg tastes overwhelm anything that could possible be good about this beer. It looks nice, it smells nice, but I poured out a $10 25oz bottle of this after the first three sips. Just absolutely awful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Golden yellow with airy bubbles. Aroma of fruit, coriander, orange and sweet malts. Taste of banana, fruit and alcohol. Smooth body with a medium carbonation feel and a dry finish with a fruity aftertaste

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Pours a very nice cloudy gold with a huge, but quickly fading soapy white head. The nose is bready, with the wheat really coming through, also some fruit and floral spice. The flavor is excellent; wow, very well balanced. Lots of fruit presence, but its nicely restrained - apple, grapefruit, orange, grapes. This fruit character is nicely coupled with a wheaty spice, and a light, but bready malt backbone. The mouthfeel is pretty similar to thick champagne, with a sweet dry finish. This is an excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours a bright golden color with a big white head that is both foamy and fizzy at the same time. The head dissipates fairly quickly. Nose of malts and fruits with some very subtle floral notes. Taste is complex and beautifully balanced with notes of apple, grape, citrus, hop, and spice. Champagne like carbonation on the palate and a sweet, dry finish like white wine. This is a thouroughly enjoyable brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours orange gold with a substantial white head. Funk dominates the aroma, but there are detectable notes of caramel and citrus. Very heavy carbonated. Delicious. Starts out with notes of sweet malts and funk, very bready tand spicy hrough the middle, with a spice finish. An excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Looks like Orval, a murky orange with a pillowy white head that dissipates. Noticeable carbonation bubbles in the glass and an amazing aroma it took me a while to pin it down but it smells like pineapple. Also quite the fragrant soap smell too it, intriguingly unlike any tripel Ive had before. Light and tingly on the tongue and very little spiciness like other tripels. A fantastic beer. 8/4/8/4/16: 4.0. Re-rate: Suttree’s 2008 Pre-Brewer’s Jam Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Same look, this sample from a 750mL instead of a 33cL seemed spicier with more citrus notes of oranges and lemons. Couldn’t pin down any pineapple this time and the body was much spicer with the same satisfying dry finish, still very good, but needs to come out of the 4 territory for me.


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