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


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RATINGS: 3428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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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janubio (847) - SPAIN - JAN 25, 2010
750 ml. green corked bottle. Served in a chalice glass. Golden colour with a bit of haziness and quite a good head, that leaves a crown and lace. Malty aroma of fruits, honey, some spice, vanilla, orange peel. Sweet silky and liquor like flavour. Taste of honey, oranges, banana, maybe apricot, coriander... Both smell and taste have everything so subtle and integrated that is hard to tell exactly what anything is, and that can be good and bad at the same time. Great, really great stuff. Sweet!

sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 20, 2010
pours orange/yellow with large white head. aroma is malty and fruit with a bit of hay. drinks very smooth and clean with sweet malts, light fruits, yeast, and candied sugar.

Russo (2011) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2010
Bought in Brugge Supermarket. Hazy orange color with a nice and fluffy hear that keeps a thin lace until finish. Aroma is citrus, spice fruity. Flavor is quite citrus bitter but some sweetness comes out right after it. Medium carbonated and long dry citrus and yeast finish. Awesome.. So cheap in Belgium. In Brazil should cost 10 times more! I loved Brugge.

dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: APR 19, 2011 Personally my all time favourite abbey tripel. (Yet) Golden brown with orange glow, large and dense off white lasting head. Deep floral, citrus and fruity hops aroma, hint of grains, sour fruits and spices. Very nice. Intense grains and sweet fruit flavour with a nice bitterness to tone it down of fruity hops, some citrus and spices ,very full and long lasting. Slightly yeasty aftertaste with hint of spices and a touch of trappisten quad liquorice fullness. Very wide range of flavours. Every time I drink this I discover some new flavours. Awesome tripel.

troopie (2323) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Poured pale lemon yellow with much too thick white head. Lot of lacing. Funky spicy aroma, much tang of the earth, grainy, citrusy. Full flavour, the grain shows up well, full mouthfeel. Yeast in finish, with spice.

Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
This had a nice wit-like aroma - fruity, yeasty with some zing - but then the wheels fell off. Slightly foggy green-yellow with a big white head. The beer itself was overly floral, and it was those nasty bulb flowers (paperwhite, narcissus) that it reminded me of. Lightly sweet, all kinds of off under/overtones. I split this with two other seasoned beer drinkers, and we agreed that it was pretty much undrinkable and made one want to spit.

wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2010
750 ml bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma light sweet and spices malts and some fruit taste light sweet beer with hints of spices and fruit and some bitter nice beer

mickmac (485) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Huge off white foamy head over a clear pink-gold body. Floral aroma of stonefruit-apricots and spices. Taste-coriander, floral, with an emerging bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, spicey, smooth, warm. Nice.

brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2010
330ml bottle from Julio’s Liqours in MA. Pours a fantastic, gorgeous and superbly clear blonde color with a tremendously inviting head. Easily the best looking beer I’ve seen in a while. Aroma is pleasant but not overwhelming. The taste is almost perfect - a really great combo of alcohol, crisp citrus and banana. It reminds me of Piraat but without the uber-alcoholic smack in the head. What a phenomenal beer.

hawthorne00 (3906) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 Poured into a tulip. Barely hazy orange; lovely quivering dome of a white head. High bead. Dry, orange zest aroma with some white pepper, juniper and allspice. Honey and apricot sweetness with some esters. Some bitterness and ?strawberries on the finish. You can feel the alcohol but it didn’t register separately at all. Indeed, that nothing really registers separately is what’s most noticeable about this beer: everything’s very well integrated. Best triple I’ve had by some distance.[3.9}

Bottle. Almost clear gold, white head. Fruit, complex light sugars, strawberries, insistent but gentle bitterness. Malt character draws you in, but just bitter enough not to get tiring. Deep and lovely.

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