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

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RATINGS: 3439   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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3.9
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2010
33 cl bottle. Pours a medium golden color. Big foamy head. Looks highly carbonated. Strong, slightly sweet yeasty aroma. A little spiciness and maybe a little alcohol. Grainy flavor with a taste of alcohol. A little sweetness to go along with the yeast and spice.

4
djd07 (14469) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
On tap at Yardhouse. Pours a clear orange golden with a small frothy white head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is clove and yeast with bubblegum. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet fruit malt with a nice clean finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink. A very impressive abbey tripel.

4.8
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
A-Light hazy golden yellow body that pours with a 3 finger creamy white head. Head slowly fades to 1/2 finger. Decent head retention. In the end a thick collar is all that remains of the beautiful head. Plenty of lacing left behind in the glass. Body is translucent with a nice haziness all around and tiny bubbles constantly rising to the top. S- Sweet, Spicy, and Bready. Lots of spicy yeast with a dry, fruity balance of pears, apples, and citrus. T- Citrus, pears, and apples upfront with a bready/spicy yeast background. A slight sweetness emerges with the initial taste. The finish adds a touch of hop flavor to compliment the dry fruitiness. What lingers is a big spicy and sweet bready yeast taste along with a hint of alcohol bitterness. P- Light carbonation and light body. Very smooth and creamy from the yeast. O- This is a wonderful Tripel. At 8% ABV it has a slightly lower alcohol content then most. ABV is also very well hidden here which makes it all the more drinkable. Aside from that this brew is light, crisp, complex, and very tasty. Something that I will definitely pick up again Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-21-2007 16:29:14 --

3.8
Cuso (8685) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2010
Bottle. Bright golden color with a rich white head. Aroma is very grainy. Wheat, spice, malt, and touches of fruit on the mouth, with nice bitter finish. very nice beer.

4.3
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2011 Bottle 330ml. Ugly but good. Aromas of orange, bread, and champagne. Taste is sweet and long-lasting, with a dry finish. Palate is oily and lively, with a full body. Dark yellow, with a frothy head.

3.9
toby540 (102) - BELGIUM - APR 17, 2010
een zeer mooi helder donker goudachtige kleur. een zeer fruitig aroma en ook bij het proeven komen er smaken van fruit vrij maar ook granen. een zeer zoete smaak ook zowel als de afdrong.

4.2
CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2010
On tap at the Lava Lounge, which by the way is about to become better than pretty much any bar in Des Moines..... big up to Waterloo. Pours a hazy sunny blonde color with a good head and lace. The aroma is floral and perfumery with some sweet orange peel, some raw grain, some bread dough, and some banana. The flavor is very doughy with some spiciness, some lemon and orange citrus flavor and some banana, it’s sweet but not cloying at all. The palate is very full.

4
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 14, 2010
Pours very light blond, looked kind of like a urine sample. No head. Smells of sweet malts. I think this is a neat beer and that comes through in the taste and palate. The oat serves to mellow out the beer and provides balance. The wheat then adds a nice hop component. Finally the taste has a big malty sweetness from the barley. Really neat and I was excited upona firt tasting to see the beer develop like this. Didn’t notice much from the hops save for a little bitterness here and there.

3.9
micbk (22) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2010
Bottle pour at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. Beautiful color, yeasty and citrusy notes. A classic Tripel.

3.8
sm89walt (2065) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2010
33cl bottle, 8.4%. Billowed from the bottle after popping the cap and poured an effervescent golden orange colour with a mild haze and a huge, lasting frothy white head leaving an OK lacing. Light, estery, lemony fruit notes, smooth orange juice and herbal, yeasty hops on the nose. Estery, Belgian yeast flavours, a good lemon sharpness and spicier hop tones, ending with a late and short bitter hop bite. A good upfront juiciness finshing with a delicate dryness. On the lighter side of medium in body, remaining crisp and refreshing with a medium carb sting and a bit of warmth in the throat.


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