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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3442   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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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.

4.7
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Bière blonde aux reflets d’or. Le collet est blanc et reste longuement collé aux parois du verre. Forte effervescence. Parfum de céréales, d’épices et de fruits. En bouche, picotement sur la langue, saveurs de fruits, mélange d’épices, levure, touche de miel. En finale, liquide moelleux, légère amertume et assez bonne pour avoir envie d’en déboucher une autre!*****Mille bouteilles depuis sa fracassante sortie. Une robe jaune, finement voilée et érotique. Une tête blanche qui résiste et qui laisse une dentelle délicate. Un nez de blé et de malts blonds, avec des bananes, des poires et des notes citronnées qui se font touchées par des fleurs de houblons vibrantes comme la sublime voix d’Astrid Varnay dans le Lohengrin de Wagner. Des saveurs cohésives. Des céréales complexes, des houblons perçants et une levure pétillante et fraîche comme la voix de Jess Floyd Thomas. Une bouche crémeuse, grandiose et impressionnante. Une finale comme une véritable mosaïque. Une rencontre avec le sublime.

4.2
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2010
Very nice. Bottle pour to trappist glass gives moderate golden yellow clear with thin white head. Aroma sweet and fruity. High carbonation. Taste fruits, grains, citrus, spices, slight alcohol. Finish very clean.

3.7
Mjollnir (404) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2010
330mL bottle, 8.4% ABV. Pours clear pale gold with a fluffy white head that eventually disappears. Spicy, earthy and slightly fruity aroma. In the flavour a citrus oil-like sharpness is quite strong when cold but balances better when it warms up, and some fruity sweetness and acidity. Oddly enough, it’s much tastier near room temperature than at the recommended 6-9°C. The alcohol presence is well masked throughout. Light-medium bodied, lively carbonation and very creamy with a drying finish.

4.6
Chaseman (50) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2010
Awesome Beer! Bought it at the Rockland Food Service in Rockland, ME. I saw the Rate Beer rating right there in front of it and had to try it. I was so glad that I did as a huge Belgian beer fan. This has made me an Abbey Tripel lover! I have a feeling that this will become a constant classic for me.

4
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
This brew pours a light brown to golden yellow in color with extremely heavy carbonation. A large white head forms quickly and then fades into a small one finger wide ring. The aroma is of heavy pine, light fruits (grapes, orange, bananas), and hops. The initial taste is found to be a bit weak and includes notes of lighter hops, earth, and sweet fruits. Hides the alcohol very well, but besides that not much else is going on. Taste is lacking a little, but the texture and complexity is right there.

3.8
TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2010
Big bottle. Poured a mostly clear golden color with a relentless everlasting Belgian head. Smelled notes of skunky orange peel and dough. Tasted coriander, plenty of basement aromas, and a slight spicy spruce flavor. Active yeast and carbonation in the mouth. Overall a very worthy trapist beer!

4.2
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours a bright golden yellow color. Active carbonation throughout the session. Aromas of hops, fruit, and a little yeast. Has a light fruity citrus taste, with some yeasty notes, and a good hop flavor.


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