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


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RATINGS: 3275   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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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.

Dfonorow (2274) - 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.

TizzleJizzle (792) - 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!

oldrtybastrd (5228) - 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.

wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
06 vintage 750ml poured into a karmeliet snifter. pours a fuzzy opaque pach color with a lively off white head that is sparse and quick to fade. has a nice funcky layer underneath of a sweet estery nose. the taste is to match, nice and complex. layers of sweet bananas, peppery cloves and funky tart notes unfold in every sip. good stuff, nice and balanced, and a good level of carb.

afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle served in an oversized wine glass. Lightly hazed pale gold pour with a head that quickly fades into a small capping. The nose is lightly sweet with notes of bubblegum, floral, chamomile, and coriander. The flavor mimics the smell with the absence of the floral aspect and chamomile plays a larger role. Very easy to drink and not quite as complex as I had imagined it to be.

weihenweizen (4111) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 Refrigerated bottle poured into a trappist glass. Pours a mostly clear golden color with medium white head that leaves pretty quick. Lacing is really nice. Taste is earthy fruity citrus, spicy hops, and finishes dry. Really good beer for the style, but I prefer Allagash Tripel.

DeanF (2527) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
Whoah, head, stop, stop!! It slowly started going over the glass, even after a modest pour into a flute glass. I guess this one’s more of a chalsice beer. Great head, as mentioned, clear gold colour. Heavy aroma of hops on the nose and little else. Taste is a satisfying mix between hops, citrus, wheat. Decent mouthfeel. Pretty good Belgian.

Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2010
This beer is a long time favorite of mine. It pours with a golden color and a thick white head that lasts. It has a complex, dessert-like aroma with lots of grains, citrus, honey, and a hint of banana. Tastes moderately sweet with light hops in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation in a medium density body. Alcohol is well blended. It’s a smooth, very well balanced, and outstanding tasting beer.

caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 Pours golden with a big foamy white head. Nose is quite sweet with the typical abbey hints of belgian yeast and dry-added hops. Flavor is very deep and represents one of the best balances of strong, wheaty-but-sweet malt (with touches of candied sugar) with spices and moderately strong hops. Finish is long and bittersweet and, frankly, delicious. Alcohol is well hidden. Probably my all-time favorite beer and worth every penny of the high price.

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