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


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RATINGS: 3572   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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ctipping (3555) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2021
UPDATED: APR 13, 2021 330 mL bottle. Pours clear golden with a huge white head and little volcanoes of bubbles persist. Smells banana, apple, fruit sweetness, and a tinge of white pepper. Tastes dry, a little citrusy, with some sweet banana, spicy clove and warming earthy spiciness. Dries out with a snappy and bitter back end. High carbonation. This is better than I could have imagined and, at least from memory, the best Tripel I've had.

ERB92 (1610) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 1, 2021
UPDATED: APR 1, 2021 Aroma of fruits, malt, spices, yeast and herbs. Slightly hazy golden with a white head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full body with average + carbonation. Overall a nice Tripel.

Polymodern (214) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2021 Bottle from 151 For The Road. Another Belgian classic. Pour is slightly hazy straw yellow massive white head. Aroma is toffee apple, coriander seed, cinnamon, cardamon, banana. Taste has a yeast driven fruity profile, so yeast umami, clover, banana, toffee apple, pear, lemon. Dangerous stuff, very deceptively drinkable for the ABV. So good.

DraftPupil66 (76) - - MAR 22, 2021
UPDATED: APR 13, 2021 33cl bottle from a store. Pours hazy golden with pearl white foam. Great and rich aroma of yeast, vanille, flowers, malt, sugary.. very typical of belgian tripels. Tastes very rich and heavy on wheat, also honey, vanille, citrus, banana and coriander.. lots of sweetness and very flavourful with a little grassy and spicy, dry finish. Again lots of wheat in the taste, made with wheat, oat and barley. Medium body and good carbonation, also strong at 8,5% abv. It's really sweet and rich among the tripels i tried. More spicy than bitter. Fantastic taste.

AleGuru2 (287) - Houten, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2021 Hoewel geen trappist, wel een klassieker. Voor mij een van de beste, zo niet de beste tripel die er is. Perfecte balans in geur en smaak. Zo is een tripel bedoeld. Daarnaast nog een mooi verhaal over het bijbehorende glas. Wanneer je een rechte lijn kunt zien in het Belgische kant na het drinken, kun je er gerust nog een pakken.

riggsfc61 (1350) - Franklin, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2021 Found out of bottle from Auchan in Rybnik, Poland. Pours a hazy gold with heavy white foam. Strong but pleasant aroma. One of the best of the style for a reason strong but flavorful. Truly enjoyable to sip.

amsbeerman (18) - - MAR 1, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2021 Served in a tulip glass. Pours darker golden with a coarse foamy head. Nose of sweet honey and vanilla notes and yeast bursting out.

Jerseyislandbeer (2390) - JERSEY - FEB 28, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2021 Old rating from Oct 2014 - 330ml bottle, pours a reddy amber with a white foamy head. Aromas & tastes of cardamon, white pepper, clove, apples, pears, peaches, honey, vanilla & yeast. Moderate body. Crisp dry finish.

IPALegion55 (482) - Szczecin, POLAND - FEB 6, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2021 Nalewa się jasnozłote, lekko zmętnione, potężna piana. W zapachu sporo belgii, przyjemne fenole, trochę bananowo-goździkowe W ustach porządnie nasycone, średnie ciało. W smaku całkiem słodkie, więcej owoców niż w zapachu, do goździkow dochodzi kolendra. Ciut za słodkie jak na mój gust, może musi trochę poleżeć.

mickael.wavrant (2) - - FEB 5, 2021 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2021 MA bière préférée. On peut lui faire des infidélités et boire d'autres bières, au final on est toujours heureux d'y revenir.

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