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


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RATINGS: 3542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Bottle: Unfiltered 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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tmdqls (1) - - SEP 18, 2020 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2020 Lots of form. When the form touches lips it collapses rapidly in a good way. Also have a great balance. Also can feel tons of hop scent.

pepitovonbretzel (5) - - SEP 11, 2020 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2020 C'est l'excellente bière de base pour les amateurs de triples belges sucrées. Réconfortante, trouvable un peu partout, c'est une valeur sûre dont on ne se passe jamais.

tripelenjoyer (7) - - SEP 4, 2020 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2020 Exquisite tripel, can be reasonably thought to be the gold standard in its category. Smooth and creamy, combined with banana-like wheatness. An experience for all the senses

9sandwiches (24) - Falkirk, - AUG 20, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2020 Powerful and full of flavour, with banana being the most prominent. The large head dies down quickly, while this dense 3 grain beer is one to savour at 8.4%

SilkTork (6784) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2020 Aug 2020 750ml corked and caged bottle, kept in the fridge for a hot day like this. Spritzy and sherberty. A sort of wheaty Belgian. Nice, gentle perfume, candy sweet, touch of banana and citrus fruit. An OK beer. Easy drinking. Almost like pop. [3.3] June, 2012 330ml bottle Chrissie brought back from Bruge. Hazy blonde with foamy head. OK. Yeasty, wheaty nose with banana esters and woody and citric notes - some soap, faint spice, dry, mildly alcoholic. OK. Mouthfeel is dry, chalky, mildly alcoholic, some carbonation prickles. OK. Flavour is soft, with entwined and attractive notes of vanilla, citrus, flowers, soap and faint chocolate. The combination of all the elements is softly attractive and beguiling, though not especially impressive. It’s a good, drinkable strong pale ale, rather like Duvel or Chimay White, and worth exploring further. I certainly enjoyed and appreciated it more this time than I did 10 years ago. [3.3] Sept, 2002 Pale golden colour. Nose is sherbety and spicy, with hints of vanilla, cloves, cinnamon and coriander, plus bubblegum and a touch of soap. In the mouth it is quite honey sweet balanced by sour citrus-fruit notes - lemon and lime, with a touch of pineapple. Finish is citrusy, sweet and cloying. Chewy-thick, with a power taste suggesting a much higher alcohol content. [2.5]

GregMooreNH (4054) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 9, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2020 Pours hazy amber with a three finger, white head. Aroma is dried fruit, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Taste is date and candi sugar, moving to Belgian yeast. Finish carries the same.

Henrik85 (123) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2020 Big bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. First impression: Wow, that's a lot of foam! Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and corn. There's also another flavor of something I can't really define but very clearly says 'white wine' to me. This most likely comes from the fermentation process. The flavor is fresh, quite sweet, and distinctively dry. The finish comes with some bitterness, however not that much. To me, this beer almost feels more like wine or a dry cider than a beer overall. However, as the beer gets warmer, it starts to feel more and more like a beer. Despite the high alcohol content, it's not very noticeable. Overall, I enjoyed it!

BeardedAvenger (3941) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2020 Adding in my 300 Beers To Try ticks because I want to see how they impact my stats and some of them I will never see again. Will however re-rate them when practical.

Thomas_W1 (2150) - Rastatt, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2020 Flasche 0,33l: Kräftiges Gold, klar, sehr kräftiger + sehr stabiler feinporiger Schaum; leicht fruchtige + würzige Nase, eher trocken, leichte trockene Zitrusnoten, helle getrocknete Früchte, Apfelringe, leichte malzige Süße, kräftige belgische Ale-Hefearomen, leichte Hopfennoten, Malz, Getreide, Karamell, etwas Honig, dezente fruchtige Säure; fruchtiger + würziger Körper, helle/eingekochte Früchte, malzige Süße, Karamell, Honig, sehr kräftige belgische Ale-Hefearomen, reife Bananen, cremig, sehr kräftige Kohlensäure, etwas Alkohol; angenehmer fruchtig-würziger Nachgang

Mayina (16) - Brescia, ITALY - JUL 17, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2020 Schiuma intensa e di colore bianco, birra giallo leggermente ambrato. Profumo e gusto fruttato. Leggermente frizzante. Ottima birra.

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