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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3398   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Great beer! Golden color, with fruits -strawberry?- and carmelized sugar. Not overly sweet or sticky, but very nicely balanced. A tripel to rival Chimay as my favorite.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2403) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2009
Very lively beer, lot of things to look at. white foam, lots of it. Has that pale tripel look.Very complicated and interesting flavor, slightly bitter finish but with some white chocolate?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle (green bottle, really?). Pours golden with a big foamy white head. Sweet sugar taste with apples and floral notes. Best tripel Ive tried to date.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harbert (100) - leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 apple, then leather, hay and hops, floral taste with hints of vanilla. A rather sweet taste with enough bitterness that has more lenght then intensity ending in a field of roses.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spanky167 (17) - , UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS - DEC 23, 2009
Good tripel. Sweeter than most if my memory serves me right. Big head, and easy to drink. Right up there with Unibroue and Westmalle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevd193213 (991) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 22, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 750 mL bottle. Golden pour with a huge white fluffy head. Aroma of malt, grass and bread. Medium body with a taste of bread, Belgian yeast, slight hops and malt. Great dry, malty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with big fluffy off-white head. Aroma is very nice, some spice, citrus peel, a little funky, some barnyard, lemon grass, some grassy hoppiness, earthy, light malt, faint banana, a little alcohol spice. Flavor is very crisp and the same as what I mentioned above with faint tang. Mouth feel is light-medium body, very high fizzy carbonation....Overall, this beer is incredibly tasty and very easy to drink....Would be refreshing during the summer and will warm you up during the winter....A perfect all season beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2009
Great looking beer golden in colour with a beautiful white head on top. Aroma is sweet, malty and cookie like with a crisp hint of herbs. Taste is bready with touches of peaches and banana. Aftertaste is sweet-malty with a fine touch of hops and pepper in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanfordBrewer (1536) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Lucent pale gold, ^co2.

Aroma: bright, pear, grass, pale malts.

Taste: fruity T1, spicy malt T2, citrus T3, bitter orange Tf.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2009
Pours a clear golden color with a foamy, thick, white head. Very lovely aroma of lemon, coriander, wheat and something peachy. Taste is slightly sweet, spicy and hoppy, moving to a long bitter finish. Really well balanced. Enormous amounts of carbonation gives this a creamy texture. Lovely beer.


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