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


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RATINGS: 3442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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hellomisterp (56) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2010
11.2 bottle. Pours a nice cloudy head. The aroma is filled with grapes and oranges. A bubbly mouthfeel with a hints of wheat and bananas. This has a dry malt finish. Very drinkable for 8.4. This big beer would be great to start a summer day.

manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
33cl bottle from BC Liquor. Golden and very light white foam. But the Aroma was some lemon, cilantro, and orange. Also with notes of yeasty, spicy and slightly bitter. Also a slightly sweet, spicy and bitter finish with some apple aftertaste.

FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle. A - Creamy and hazy gold with a large white cream colored head. Decent amount of lacing left over. S - Variety of sweet smells, including lots of fruits (peaches, apple, pear, mango, apricot, lemon). Also some honey and some sweet malts. These are paired with some spices (clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom). Belgian yeast too. T - Similar to the smell. Fairly sweet with lots of fruit and a decent amount of honey. Fair amount of malt. This is contrasted with the spices and a bit of alcohol heat coming through. This prevents it from being too sweet. M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite creamy. Fairly warming too. D - Not the most drinkable, with the sweet/spice/alcohol it isn’t the most drinkable, and definitely is meant to be sipped. However it is one that I will drink again. Notes: Good mix of sweet and creamy with some spice and alcohol to cut it. Really nice beer.

jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2010
From the tap poured a slightly hazy golden color with a fair amount of head. Nice smooth light malty flavor with a quick finish.

jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a nice gold with a big white head. Nose is light malt: banana, cloves, light bubble gum, spices, light fresh hop character, lemon zest. More of the same in the mouth though the bubble gum character sticks out more as well as light fruits like pear and apple, molasses cookies, sweet on the follow through with light citrus zing on the swallow with hint of alcohol. crisp and refreshing.

DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2010
Clear golden body, with plenty of small bubbles and a very frothy white head. Good lacing and head retention. Caramel sweetness, rich fruit notes, and some floral hops in the nose. Quite wheaty, too. Quite a robust taste. Loads of fruitiness from the yeast; apple, pear, and lemon notes. Sweet, yet slightly acidic. Some champagne-like hints. Some solid hop presence, which lingers into the after-taste. Some dryness in the finish, together with some wheaty breadiness. Medium body to it. Loads of carbonation at first, quite crisp overall. There is some booziness to it, and I was able to feel it quite a bit. This is a proper, flavourful Belgian tripel, but I think Chimay White is more drinkable, if you’re looking for something you could enjoy more of.

KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle at Spinnerstown. Sweet candied/citrus aroma. Golden body with tall fluffy head. Very sweet and smooth, hints of wheat, banana, clove and citrus. A great Tripel

mezr (136) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
750 ml bottle. Very pale, slightly cloudy, straw color. Huge, bubbly head. Almost no lacing at all. Aroma is light, pleasant, citrus, hint of cloves. Taste is interesting ... first fruity, but slowly is taken over by spice. As I continue to drink this it has evolved into a very enjoyable experience. Easy to drink, but causes me to pause and suddenly notice the variety of almost conflicting tastes going on. Yet it’s all so well balanced. Medium body, thin texture and fizzy. Very unassuming, but long finish. Subtle, but intriguing beer. Not the style that I normally drink, but I would come back to this one any time.

danielst (405) - AUSTRIA - MAR 4, 2010
33cl bottle: Light orange colour with a bright white head. The aroma is really interesting, muscat grapes and lemons with a hint of acidity from the high carbonation. Delicate honey-like sweetness on the palate, flavours of alcohol (prunes) and spicy hops. Subtle yeast character, pretty good.

machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Poured straw color with a huge rocky head and the aroma was sweet with caramel notes. The flavor was dry with sweet caramel notes and the palate was nice but mostly dry. Overall a very good and tasty beer, excellent. Would definitely drink again and again.

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